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Collection Number RG0910.AM
Collection Name RG0910 Pound, Laura (Biddlecombe), 1841-1928
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 box; 1.0 cu.ft.
Title Laura (Biddlecombe) Pound papers
Date or Date Span 1833-1940
Year Range from 1833
Year Range to 1940
Scope & Content This collection consists of manuscripts, letters, and articles; two scrapbooks; and a bound volume of piano music arranged in three subgroups: 1) Laura Biddlecome Pound; 2) Judge Stephen Bosworth Pound; 3) Pound Children (Roscoe and Olivia; there are no materials relating to daughter Louise).

Subgroup 1, Laura B. Pound, includes extensive genealogical information about Laura's family, the Biddlecomes of New England (the spelling of Biddlecome varies). Two early letters from her correspondence contain detailed accounts of life in Lincoln before 1870: her future husband described it for her before her arrival, and a letter that LP herself wrote to "Esther" (last name unknown) in 1869 provides her own perspective on the early days in Lincoln. Several 1919 letters congratulate LP on the fiftieth anniversary of her arrival in Lincoln, which had been the subject of a Lincoln Journal article.

There are several similar versions of LP's detailed memoir of her childhood in New York state, a more than one hundred page manuscript that she organized by school years and teachers. It ends with 1855, when she was fourteen. She also wrote an account of her wedding trip from Rochester, New York, to Lincoln in 1869, published in the Sunday State Journal in 1925. Fragmentary notes in shaky handwriting for a tabloid history of Lincoln that she apparently never completed accompany her other manuscripts. Her scrapbook, begun in her student days and completed by someone else after her death, includes a letter of recommendation for her as a prospective teacher and articles that commend her contributions as a Lincoln teacher and member of the City Library Board and other organizations.

Subgroup 2, Judge Stephen B. Pound, contains correspondence requesting that he accept nomination to a district judgeship, signed by the members of the Lancaster County Bar Association. There are also texts in his series of several articles that he wrote for publication regarding Nebraska issues. His scrapbook, which appears to have been compiled by LP after his death, provides accounts of some of his actions as a lawyer and summaries of his legal judgments.

Subgroup 3, the Pound children, consists primarily of biographical and bibliographical information about Roscoe Pound, Dean of Harvard Law School from 1916-1935. It includes a copy of his 1923 text, "The Pioneer Spirit and the Problems of Today."
Creator Pound, Laura (Biddlecombe), 1841-1928
Finding Aids Laura (Biddlecombe) Pound finding aid
Related units of description RG0909: Pound Family (photo collection)
RG0911: Roscoe Pound
RG0912: Louise Pound
RG0913: Olivia Pound
Subjects Genealogy
People Pound, Laura (Biddlecombe), 1841-1928
Pound, Olivia, 1874-1961
Pound, Nathan Roscoe, 1870-1964
Pound, Stephen Bosworth, 1833-1911
Search Terms Autobiographies -- Nebraska -- Lincoln
Biddlecomb Family
Daughters of the American Revolution. Deborah Avery Chapter (Lincoln, Neb.)
Impeachments -- Nebraska
Judges -- Nebraska -- Lincoln
Lewis and Clark Centennial (1902)
Lincoln (Neb.) -- History
Manuscripts (for publication)
Phelps (N.Y.)
Pound Family